Wild Canary - Wild Summery Days - 22 November

About Me

Hi, I’m Natasha and I’m a Brisbane Australia based artist who creates colorful and painterly oil paintings. My passion for oil painting started when I lived in Colorado and immersed myself in the Denver art community learning to paint oils in the "Alla Prima" (direct painting) style.  I love the buttery texture of oils and enjoy the process of mixing colours in this tactile medium. Painting wet on wet is how I produce fresh, loose and visible brush strokes that give my paintings a playful energy.

I enjoy transforming simple life subjects into colourful scenes that are bright and happy and capture on canvas the often missed beauty around us.  Taking a simple object like a piece of fruit, a flower or a tea cup, and transforming it into a beautiful and interesting vignette with only oil paints feels like my very own superpower. Since returning to Australia the native flora and fauna of my homeland has been inspiring my work. I enjoy creating large expressive florals, light infused still life scenes and loose painterly landscapes. 

Most days I am active on social media and respond to comments there. 


September 2022 - Peel Region Award - Plein Air Down Under - Mandurah WA

September 2022 - Featured Artist - St Sebastian's Art Show

August 2022 - Finalist - Clayton Utz Awards

June 2022 - Finalist - Darcy Doyle Art Awards

June 2022 - Commended Award - Lethbridge 20000 - Small Scale Art Award

May 2022 - Finalist - Facets of Fairholme

May 2022 - 1st Prize - New Exhibitor & Acquisitive Award - Aspects Art Show, Goondoowindi

May 2022 - Brisbane Grammar Art Show

March 2022 - Toowoomba Grammar Art Show


June 2021 - Group Show “A Winter’s Walk” with Kate Pittas, Kate Mitchell and Jane Thompson, Wild Canary, Brookfield Brisbane

June 2021 - Finalist - Lethbridge Gallery - Small Scale Art Exhibition

May 2021 - 1st Place Oil Painting - Brookfield Art Show - 

March 2021 - Toowoomba Grammar Art Show 

March / April 2021 - Solo Show "Colourful Spaces, Beautiful Places" Wild Canary, Brookfield Brisbane


November 2020 - Featured Artist - Still Life Collection - Art West Community Gallery, Mt Ommaney

August 2020 - Flower Market - Sold Out Online Exhibition


April 2019 - Plein Air Convention and Expo - Santa Fe - USA

April 2019 - Park Hill Art Association - Spring Show - Denver USA


PDF Bio and CV - Natasha Ruschka